Brittani and Hannah are paired next, in really romantic gowns and weird hats. Brittani's kind of looks like a really big lobster claw. Pamela tells the girls that they don't have to hold hands, and then Jay suggests that they talk to each other. They act kind of stupid, and Jay asks if they're talking about something that genuinely makes them giggle or are forcing it. Brittani admits that she's forcing it. Jay suggests that she think of something to genuinely make her laugh, but apparently Brittani is no fan of humor. She goes for a serious expression that Pamela calls contrived. Lori then says that something the two girls are doing looks horrible. Brittani, in her lobster claw hat, says that it's really hard to portray something that's not real. Tears fill her eyes as she explains that she was trying to get to a place where she was laughing, but that only made her more upset because she was disappointed in herself. Is it that hard to think of something funny? When you're wearing a lobster claw hat? Eventually Hannah and Brittani do something that works, so all hope is not lost.
Lori walks by Dominique backstage and says that she's adorable. I can tell you for a fact that Dominique has never looked more like a linebacker than at this particular moment. Her head is practically scraping the ceiling. She looks gigantic. Dominique is still working on her confidence, probably due to comments like the ones I just made. She thinks the new look is a brand new start for her, and she can show the judges that she has it. I hate to tell her since she's made her peace with it, but that red hair really is bad. Dominique poses with Jaclyn and Dalya. She is wearing some sort of crazy coat that looks like a hand-me-down from Cee-Lo's Grammy performance. Jaclyn, on the other hand, is wearing one of the most gorgeous gowns of all time. Dalya is outfitted as the Mad Hatter. Jay tells us that the three-model shot is really a two-model shot, because he'd crop Dominique out of it. Jay tells her as much, and then asks Dominique what's in her head right now. She says, "Honestly, I don't have no thoughts."
This, of course, is the kiss of death, and Jay tells Dominique that the worst thing for a model to lack is inspiration. Dominique cries as she tells us that she's giving her all, but Jay doesn't care. Lori takes Dominique's hand and tells her not to lose it. Dominique continues crying as she says, "I'm inspired by a lot of stuff. Like...[shrug]." What a golden moment for an editor to find. Lori tells us that being a model is a job, and it's really hard. Like...you could have to be in the MUD. In HEELS. I know. I KNOW. Those people trying to cool down the nuclear plants in Japan have it so easy. We're witnessing the real heroes in action. The ability to figure out a high heel in the mud is what separates the Lindas and Christies and Naomis from the rest of the pack. Pamela tells us that those girls are aware of everything. This is why they got to be in the "Freedom 90" video.